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Sony finally decides it's time to kill Betamax

Father Time has claimed another victim as Sony recently revealed plans to cease production of Betamax cassette tapes next year. For most, the news here isn’t that Sony is pulling the plug on Betamax media but that there’s still a…

Get with the Times: These 9 Devices Might Be a Waste of Your Money

Sometimes it pays to buy slightly older devices in place of tempting deals on newly released tech. But that approach to buying electronics can only take you so far. As today's gadgets become ever more powerful and multi-purpose, there are some product categories that are nearing outright extinction and would make for silly purchases. Before you consider buying any of the items on this list, think long and hard about whether such a device is not a waste of your money.

Tuesday tech deals: 40" TV $380 + deals on Blu-ray player and movies

TigerDirect offers the Toshiba 40" 1080p HDTV for $449.99. This $70 mail-in rebate cuts it to $379.99. With free shipping, that's $9 under a deal from April and the lowest total price we could find by $39. It's also tied as the best shipped price we've ever seen for a Toshiba 40" HDTV...

VLC 2.0 hits RC, brings new UI and Blu-ray support for OS X

Everyone's favorite open-source media player has reached a new milestone, delivering a bevy of new tweaks and features. The jump from v1.1.13 to v2.0.0 represents a drastic overhaul and the changelog contains nearly 17,000 characters -- more ground than we can cover here, naturally.

Tuesday tech deals: Llano, Blu-ray-equipped notebook $525

HP Home & Home Office offers the Pavilion dv6zqe notebook, model no. LK237AV, for $599.99. Coupon code "MULN4163" cuts it to $524.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we've seen for this model with a quad-core processor by $50...